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12:00 AM, August 23, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 23, 2007

Flintoff delights Cook, Bell

Alastair Cook and Ian Bell believe Andrew Flintoff can inspire England to a one-day series win over India.
Flintoff took 1-12 in seven overs in his first game for England since ankle surgery after the World Cup as they went 1-0 up in the seven-match series.
"An England side with him in it is a much better side," said Bell.
Cook said: "There are not many people in the world who can bat like he does and bowl as quickly as he does. He gives great balance to our side."
Cook and Bell hit their maiden one-day international centuries to help England amass 288-2, before the tourists were bowled out for 184.
Flintoff, who is confident he can play a full part with bat and ball despite undergoing his third ankle operation in June, bowled with pace and accuracy.
"To see the big man back and firing on all cylinders, bowl seven overs and hit 90mph and above, is a great sign for all England supporters and the team," Bell said.
"It's great to have him back, as a presence out there as much as anything. He's earned the right to have that presence."
Cook added: "Any side would love to have him. It's good he's back and hopefully he can stay fit."
The Lancashire star also impressed India skipper Rahul Dravid, whose team won the Test series 1-0 in Flintoff's absence.
"He bowled really well, he's obviously an important player for them with the bat and ball, and we'll have to think about how to counteract him for the rest of the series," he said.

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